Louisiana Election Guide

Election 2022 Information for Lafayette, LA

Voter Registration

Registration Deadline: 

-Online Registration System: Voters must be registered at least 20 days prior to an election if registering to be eligible to vote in that particular election. Once you have completed the application, you will be allowed to either print and mail your application, or if verified by the Office of Motor Vehicles, submit your application electronically. If you plan to submit electronically, you must have your Louisiana driver's license or Louisiana special ID card in hand when you begin the process. There is an audit code on the card that you must enter. The audit code is a four digit number labeled AUDIT on the front of the license. 

-In person or by mail registration: Voters must be registered at least 30 days prior to an election if registering to be eligible to vote in that particular election. You can apply in person at any Registrar of Voters Office

 

Party Affiliation: Presently only registered Democratic voters can vote in the Democratic Party primary, registered Republicans in the Republican Party primary, and registered Independents in the Independent Party primary. These primaries are closed to all other registered voters. 

 

Your party affiliation can be changed by completing another voter registration application. You may make changes online. All changes made at least 20 days prior to an election if registering through our GeauxVote Online Registration System with a Louisiana driver's license or Louisiana special ID card or 30 days prior to an election if registering in person or by mail are effective for that election, otherwise the change cannot become effective until the next election. (If mailing in an application, the application or envelope must be postmarked 30 days prior to the first election in which you seek the change.) 

 

Voter Registration Qualifications

Age: To register you must be at least 17 years old (16 years at the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles or Registrar of Voters Office), but the voter must be 18 years old to vote

Citizenship: Must be a United States citizen

Residency: Must reside in Louisiana and the parish in which you seek to register.

Mental Competency: Not be under a judgment of full interdiction for mental incompetence or partial interdiction with suspension of voting rights

Felony Convictions: Not be under an order of imprisonment for conviction of a felony or, if under such an order not have been incarcerated pursuant to the order within the last five years and not be under an order of imprisonment related to a felony conviction for election fraud or any other election offense pursuant to La. R.S. 18:1461.2

 

ID Requirements: If you plan to submit the application electronically, you must have your Louisiana driver's license or Louisiana special ID card in hand when you begin the process. 

 

If registering in person at a parish Registrar of Voters Office, you are required to prove age, residency and identity. You must submit your current Louisiana driver's license or Louisiana special identification card, if you have one, or your social security card, birth certificate or other documentation which reasonably and sufficiently establishes your identity, age and residency.

 

If you do not have any of these, you may provide a picture ID, a utility bill, payroll check, or government document that includes your name and address.

 

Obtaining a Voter Registration Form

Online: Louisiana online registration

In person: Apply in person to register to vote at any Registrar of Voters Office.

You may also register in person at any of the following locations:  

   -Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles

   -Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services

   -WIC offices

   -food stamp offices

   -Medicaid offices

   -offices serving persons with disabilities such as the Deaf Action Centers and Independent Living Offices

   -Armed Forces recruitment offices

 

By mail/ in writing: Apply by mail by downloading the Louisiana Voter Registration Application form. Complete the form, and return it to your local Registrar of Voters office.

You may also register by using a National Mail Voter Registration Form. (If mailing in an application, the application or envelope must be postmarked 30 days prior to the first election in which you seek to vote.) 

 

By fax: Faxed voter registration forms are not accepted.

 

If you moved: If you have changed residence inside your parish after registering to vote, you should notify the registrar of voters in your parish of any changes to your registration or make changes online.

 

Verifying Your Voter Registration Status

Online: Voter registration verification

Phone: If you cannot access your voter status online, contact your local registrar of voters.

 

Absentee Ballot Qualifications

Who can vote absentee: In Louisiana, you must have a reason to be eligible to absentee vote, unless you are a military or overseas voter. There are specific reasons listed below that qualify you to vote absentee. Citizens in the following categories may register for absentee voting:

   - Senior Citizen

   - Nursing Home

   - Higher Education:

   - Clergy

   - Temporarily absent

   - Moved out of Parish

   - Involuntary confinement

   - Hospitalized

   - Offshore

   - Incarcerated

   - Address Confidentiality Program

   - Juror

   - Physical Disability

   - Homebound

For elaborations on each of these categories, click here.

 

TIMELINE TO REQUEST AN ABSENTEE BALLOT BY MAIL

General and Disabled Applications: Applicants must request a ballot by 4:30 p.m. CST on the 4th day before election day.

 

Military, Overseas or Hospitalized Applications: Military personnel and/or their dependents; U.S. citizens residing outside the U.S.; or voters that are hospitalized must request their ballot by 4:30 p.m. CST on the day before election day.

 

Obtaining an Absentee Ballot

Online: You may request an absentee by mail ballot by logging in to the Louisiana Voter Portal and following these steps:

  1. Click the 'Search By Voter' button.

  2. Type in your First Name, Last Name and Zip Code or Birth Month and Year and then click the 'Submit' button;

  3. Click the 'Request Absentee Ballot' link found under the Quick Links heading; and

  4. Complete requested information and submit.

Note: You must be logged in to the Voter Portal as the voter for whom the request is intended to electronically submit a request for an absentee ballot.

 

Print and Mail Application: Print an application to request an absentee by mail ballot which you can complete and deliver to your parish registrar of voters. Delivery may be by U.S. Postal Service, commercial carrier, hand delivery or fax. If hand delivered or faxed, the application can only be for you or your immediate family member. Select the application that applies to you:

   -General Application Form 

   -Disabled Application Form 

   -Military or Overseas Application Form 

 

Military and overseas voting: Military and overseas voters could receive the ballot electronically as well as by mail & fax. If you choose to receive the ballot electronically, you will be required to submit your email address. Louisiana's law provides for the protection from disclosure of your electronic mail address, along with your social security number, driver's license number, day and month of date of birth and mother's maiden name. For more information about military and overseas voting click on this link.

 

Submitting an Absentee Ballot

General and Disabled Voters: Voted ballots must be received by your parish registrar of voters by 4:30 p.m. CST on the day before election day.

 

Military, Overseas or Hospitalized Voters: Voted ballots by military personnel and/or their dependents; U.S. citizens residing outside the U.S.; or voters that are hospitalized must be received by your parish registrar of voters by 8 p.m. CST on election day.

 

If you feel that you will not be able to return your ballot timely, you may contact your registrar of voters for alternate methods to return your ballot. Alternatively, you may contact your registrar of voters and may be eligible to request that an immediate family member be allowed to pick up the necessary election materials from the Registrar of Voters Office.

 

STATUS OF YOUR ABSENTEE BALLOT

You can track the status of your absentee by mail ballot.

 

REPLACEMENT BALLOT

If you spoil your ballot, you may request a replacement ballot from your registrar of voters prior to submitting a voted ballot.

 

Early Voting

Early voting qualifications: You do not need a reason to vote early. All voters may vote early, just like they are voting on election day.

 

Other information for early voting: Voters who want to vote early for any election may do so in person at their parish Registrar of Voters Office or at designated locations in the parish from 14 days to 7 days prior to any scheduled election. For a complete list of the locations of parish Registrar of Voters Offices and designated early voting locations, please refer to early voting locations.

Refer to the schedule for early voting time periods for upcoming elections and refer to the schedule of elections for future time periods.

 

VOTING ON ELECTION DAY

Polls open at 7 a.m. for SATURDAY elections and at 6 a.m. for TUESDAY elections. Polls close at 8 p.m. All voters in line at 8 p.m. have the right to vote. When you go to the polls to cast your vote in an election, be sure to take one of the following: a driver's license, a Louisiana Special ID, LA Wallet digital driver's license, a United States military identification card that contains the applicant's name and picture; or some other generally recognized picture ID that contains your name and signature.

 

If you do not have a driver's license, Louisiana Special ID or some other generally recognized picture ID that contains your name and signature, you may still cast your vote by signature on a voter affidavit. For more information about Provisional Voting click here

All registered voters may obtain a free Louisiana special identification card by presenting a voter information card to the Office of Motor Vehicles. 

Never wear any campaign shirt, hat, and button or pin when voting.

Additional Information

Verifying Registration: Louisiana voter registration verification

Deciding how to vote: https://www.votesmart.org/

Polling Place: Polling place indicator

How to Vote: For Louisiana sample ballot, voting systems and for accessibility options, click here.

Getting your vote counted: Election information and vote-training resources 

Problems with voting: Louisiana HAVA complaint form. Complaints that may involve violations of the election code, including but not necessarily limited to those areas listed above, should be reported to the Elections Compliance Unit at 800-722-5305.

Verifying provisional ballot status: Provisional voter search 

Verifying absentee ballot status: Louisiana Voter Portal

 

Election 2022 Ballot Measures

Louisiana Limit on Assessed Value Increase of Reappraised Property in Orleans Parish Amendment

The amendment would limit the increase in the assessed value of residential property (for which the owner is receiving a homestead exemption) in Orleans Parish to 10% of the property's assessed value from the prior year. The effective date of the amendment was set to be January 1, 2023, if the amendment is approved by voters.

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Louisiana Increase Maximum Amount Invested in Equities for Certain State Funds Amendment

The amendment would increase the portion of money in certain state funds that could be invested in equities (stocks) from 35% to 65%. The increase would apply to the following funds:

Louisiana Education Quality Trust Fund;
Artificial Reef Development Fund;
Lifetime License Endowment Trust Fund;
Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge Trust and Protection Fund; and
Russell Sage or Marsh Island Refuge Fund.

The amendment would also remove a provision in the constitution that limits the legislature's ability to increase the amount of money in the Millennium Trust that may be invested in stock and instead allows the legislature to provide for investments by general law.

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Louisiana Classified Civil Service Employee Public Support of Family Members' Campaigns Amendment

The amendment would amend the state constitution to allow classified civil service employees in Louisiana to publicly support (by appearing in campaign advertisements, photographs, or attending campaign events) the election campaigns of individuals in their immediate family when off duty. Under the amendment, immediate family would include a person's parent, stepparent, grandparent, step-grandparent, spouse, spouse's parent or stepparent, child and child's spouse, stepchild and stepchild's spouse, grandchild and grandchild's spouse, step-grandchild and step-grandchild's spouse, sibling and sibling's spouse, stepsibling and stepsibling's spouse, half sibling, and half-sibling's spouse. The amendment would not apply to classified employees of the registrar of voters or the elections division of the Department of State.

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Louisiana Waiving Water Charges Amendment

The Louisiana Constitution currently prohibits the state or any local government from "loaning, pledging, or donating its funds, credit, property, or things of value," to any person, association, or corporation; though it provides certain exceptions. The amendment would add a new exception to this requirement in order to allow local governments to waive water charges for customers if water is lost due to water delivery infrastructure damages if such damages are not caused by the customer's actions or the customer's failure to act.

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Louisiana Citizen Requirement for Voting Amendment

This amendment would prohibit local governments from allowing noncitizens to vote.

Currently, Article I, Section 10 of the Louisiana Constitution reads "Every citizen of the state, upon reaching eighteen years of age, shall have the right to register and vote..."

This amendment would amend the section to read "Every person who is both a citizen of the state and of the United States, upon reaching eighteen years of age, shall have the right to register and vote..."

The amendment would also add a section to the Louisiana Constitution that says, "No person who is not a citizen of the United States shall be allowed to register and vote in this state."

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Louisiana Remove Involuntary Servitude as Punishment for a Crime from Constitution Amendment

The amendment would remove language from the state constitution that allows involuntary servitude as punishment for a crime. The constitution would be amended to say, "Slavery and involuntary servitude are prohibited." The amendment would add language stating that the section of the constitution "does not apply to the otherwise lawful administration of criminal justice."

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Louisiana Remove Special Assessment Property Tax Annual Income Recertification for Permanently Disabled Homeowners Amendment

The Louisiana Constitution provides for a special assessment level limiting the total assessment of a property from increasing above the assessment level in the first year that a property owner receives the special assessment level. The special assessment level is available for property owners receiving a homestead exemption and who are:

65 years old or older;
veterans with a service-connected disability rating of 50% or more;
members of the U.S. or Louisiana National Guard who were killed or missing in action or are a prisoner of war for 90 days or more; or
determined by a court or state or federal agency as being permanently and totally disabled.
A person receiving the special assessment level may not have an adjusted gross income over $100,000. The $100,000 income limit was set to be adjusted annually by the Consumer Price Index beginning in 2026. For those who are married filing separately, the adjusted gross income is determined by both individuals' incomes. Property owners receiving the special assessment level, except those who are 65 years old and older, must annually certify their income from the prior tax year with the parish assessor.

This constitutional amendment would remove the annual income recertification requirement for homeowners that are permanently and totally disabled.

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Louisiana Property Tax Exemptions for Certain Disabled Veterans and Spouses Amendment

In Louisiana, properties are assessed at 10% of fair market value. The homestead exemption in Louisiana exempts the first $7,500 of assessed value from property taxes. Currently, disabled veterans with a 100% disability rating may receive an additional $7,500 exemption, meaning the first $15,000 of their property's assessed value is exempt from property taxes. The amendment would replace the existing exemption for disabled veterans with a 100% disability rating and expand exemptions to include disabled veterans with disability ratings between 50% and 99%.

Under the amendment, veterans with a service-related disability rating of 50% or more (but below 70%) would receive an additional property tax exemption of $2,500 of assessed value after the first $7,500 homestead property tax exemption, bringing their total exemption to $10,000. Veterans with a service-related disability rating of 70% or more (but below 100%) would receive an additional exemption of $4,500, bringing their total exemption to $12,000. The total assessed value of a property owned by a veteran that is totally disabled or that is rated as 100% unemployable by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs would be exempt from property taxes.

The property tax exemptions would be extended to the surviving spouse of a deceased disabled veteran whether or not the exemption was claimed on the property prior to the veteran's death.

The amendment would provide that tax revenue lost due to increased property tax exemptions would be absorbed by the local taxing authority. It would also provide that local taxing authorities cannot create additional taxes for other taxpayers during future reappraisals or millage adjustments because of the exemptions.

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Louisiana Adjustment of Ad Valorem Tax Rates Amendment

Currently, the state constitution allows taxing authorities, by a two-thirds vote, to increase ad valorem property tax millage rates without voter approval up to the maximum authorized rate in effect the prior year. The amendment would provide that ad valorem tax rates can be increased by a two-thirds vote of a taxing authority, and without voter approval, up to the maximum rate allowed by the constitution until the authorized rate expires. By removing language in the state constitution that caps a local jurisdiction's maximum tax rate to the prior year's rate, a local jurisdiction could set a tax rate that is lower than the state's maximum rate and subsequently increase it to the state's maximum rate with a two-thirds vote.

The maximum authorized rate is adjusted every four years in a statewide reassessment to keep the total amount of property taxes collected by a taxing district the same as the prior year. The maximum millage rate is defined as the maximum millage rate that can be levied in a tax year and that (a) is approved by voters before the statewide reassessment (b) is the rate set during the reassessment if the reassessment resulted in a decrease in property value, (c) is the prior year's maximum rate if the reassessment resulted in an increase in property value, which is kept the same until the next statewide reassessment occurs.

Millage rates are rendered in mills. A mill is one-tenth of 1%. For example, a 27 mill property tax rate would be equivalent to 2.7%. Property tax liability is determined by applying the millage rate to the taxable value of the property.

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Louisiana Senate Confirmation for Appointees to State Civil Service Commission Amendment

The amendment would require senate confirmation of gubernatorial appointees to the State Civil Service Commission. The commission regulates and administrates the state civil service system.

The Louisiana State Constitution defines state civil service members as "all persons holding offices and positions of trust or employment in the employ of the state, or any instrumentality thereof, and any joint state and federal agency, joint state and parochial agency, or joint state and municipal agency, regardless of the source of the funds used to pay for such employment."

Currently, six members of the Louisiana State Civil Service Commission are appointed by the governor. The presidents of Centenary College, Dillard University, Loyola University, Tulane University, Xavier University, and Louisiana College each nominate three individuals. The governor selects one member from each of the presidents' nominations. The members must each be from one of the state's six congressional districts. The seventh member is an employee representative that is elected by other state employees. The appointments are currently not subject to confirmation by the Louisiana State Senate.

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Louisiana Senate Confirmation for Appointees to State Police Commission Amendment

The amendment would require senate confirmation of gubernatorial appointees to the State Police Commission. The seven-member State Police Commission is responsible for administrating and regulating the state police service. The commission's stated mission is, "to provide an independent, merit-based, system to empower the State of Louisiana to recruit, develop, and retain a state police force with the highest level of professionalism and proactive engagement in providing service to and protection of Louisiana’s citizens and visitors."

Currently, six members of the Louisiana State Police Commission are appointed by the governor. The presidents of Centenary College, Dillard University, Loyola University, Tulane University, Xavier University, and Louisiana College each nominate three individuals. The governor selects one member from each of the presidents' nominations. The members must each be from one of the state's six congressional districts. The seventh member is an employee representative that is elected by members of the State Police Service. The appointments are currently not subject to confirmation by the Louisiana State Senate.

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